My biggest failure? Ironically – it came from a pass…

In September 2015, just over three years ago, like many other 18-year-olds - I took my driving test. It was a shock to many (none more so than myself) that I passed first time. I left for university a week or so after this unexpected achievement, and wouldn’t drive again until after graduation. Not because … Continue reading My biggest failure? Ironically – it came from a pass…

Why it’s more important than ever before – that we remember them.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning We will remember them. ‘For the Fallen’, Laurence Binyon, 1914. This November marks one hundred years since the end of the First World … Continue reading Why it’s more important than ever before – that we remember them.

Listen to a stranger. It’ll teach you something no classroom ever could.

Last night I experienced something totally unique. I was catching a train home from London Kings Cross to Grantham. Not an exceptional activity by any means, I’ve done it many times - it’s a direct route, and the train normally departs from platform 4 or 5. I had reserved a seat, but saw that a … Continue reading Listen to a stranger. It’ll teach you something no classroom ever could.

The first female Doctor Who… was all the hoo-ha worth it? (apologies for that absolutely terrible pun…)

*WARNING: This blog contains spoilers, if you haven’t yet seen the first episode of Doctor Who, and intend to - please do not read this. Thank you kindly.* ‘Hold on their please madam, I need you to do as I say - this could be a potential crisis!’ ‘Why are you calling me madam?’ ‘Because… … Continue reading The first female Doctor Who… was all the hoo-ha worth it? (apologies for that absolutely terrible pun…)

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An experience like no other…

I’ve just spent a week reviewing for EdFringeReview, an online student reviewing platform, during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I had the most incredible experience. And… because it’s the Fringe and everything is extra edgy and super cool - I’ve tried to write this blog in an extra edgy and super cool way (cringe). … Continue reading The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An experience like no other…

Feminism: setting the record straight.

‘Me? Oh no, I’m definitely not a feminist.’ Feminism = ‘The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ ‘So you do not, therefore, believe that men and women should have equal rights?’ ‘Oh I didn’t say that! I just don’t feel comfortable describing myself as a feminist.’ If I … Continue reading Feminism: setting the record straight.

The extreme reaction to a female Doctor Who: a sign of entrenched societal sexism OR simply a mark of the disapproval of ‘traditionalist’ fans (or both)?

When the new Doctor Who was revealed last Sunday evening as actress Jodie Whittaker (whose previous television credits include Broadchurch and Attack the Block) I’ll admit, perhaps embarrassingly so, I was initially sceptical. Why embarrassingly so? Because I felt that any concern about Whittaker taking on this iconic role, would simply be disregarded as sexist … Continue reading The extreme reaction to a female Doctor Who: a sign of entrenched societal sexism OR simply a mark of the disapproval of ‘traditionalist’ fans (or both)?